pecial Projects are community outreach efforts that are initiated by BBQ guild members. These are small projects that you can complete at home (often using only a small amount of fabric) and share your sewing skills with those in need. Your generosity is truly appreciated!

*** Many kits available at the Special Projects Table at each monthly BBQ General Meeting ***

If you are interested in recommending or participating in additional projects, please contact our Special Projects Chair,

Many “Special Projects” for BBQ participants

Thanks go to many generous quilters who have provided donated items so far this year (8/2018 – 7/2019).  Information on how to make each item is detailed below.  Here are the number of donations made so far this year:

  • Adult Clothing Protectors – 27
  • Portacath Pillow – 180
  • Cases for Smiles – 185
  • Chemo Caps – 202
  • Pretty Pockets – 302
  • Christmas Stockings for Sevicemen/women care packages – 140

Christmas Stockings for Treasure Valley Blue Star Mothers for 2018    

After learning about the Blue Star Mothers organization from Szabina Revelle, the President of the local chapter, the guild decided we would support their efforts to send care packages to deployed servicemen and women. If you wish to learn more about this local organization, here is their web site.      

Please make the stockings using the pattern at the end of this paragraph and bring to the Special Projects Table at any BBQ General Meeting.  We will add this to our ongoing monthly projects and will include in our monthly fabric drawing for those who participate. The stockings will be delivered after the October meeting for the Blue Star Mothers to fill and ship. Please find the pattern for the stockings here.

Adult Clothing Protectors (ACP)  

In December, 2016, we made our first donation of 11 ACPs to Tomorrow’s Hope, an organization that houses and cares for adults and youth with disabilities.

   Special update on blue’n’orange Adult Clothing Protectors going to Tomorrow’s Hope:   The caregivers want you to know how much they appreciate our donations and how much our work means to the developmentally disabled youth and adults that they serve. The ACPs we make and give them do so much more than protect their clothing.  They now add their smiles to Bronco Nation, too. Let’s keep making the blue’n’orange ACPs throughout the football and basketball seasons. We’ll have a few kits of pre-quilted fabric and bias binding available at the Special Projects table at the Membership meetings, and you’re welcome to make them from your own fabric, too.

A couple of things to remember: 1.  Use bias binding to finish the ACP, to go around the curves smoothly. 2.  Use a 1″ button; (hook’n’loop quits working when it gathers debris and lint) we can add a button and/or buttonhole for you. 3.  Quilt the layers together; make sure the sewing and quilting stitches are small enough not to get caught and broken during use or laundering.

Here are more details and links to patterns:

This is a very useful small project that can be made with pre-quilted fabric, a 20″ x 25″ piece of fabric, or sew together smaller pieces of fabric.   Click the link for instructions and then the link for the pattern.  You can also pick up information on how to make Adult Clothing Protectors and kits at the Special Projects table at any general Boise Basin Quilters meeting – 3rd Thursday of each month.   The kit includes pre-quilted fabric, bias binding, your choice of button, the pattern and sewing instructions.  You cut out the ACP all in one piece, machine apply the binding, make a 1″ button hole, sew on the button, and it’s done!        Adult Clothing Protector Pieces Pattern             Adult Clothing Protector Instructions

Adult Clothing Protectors

Adult Clothing Protectors

Adult Clothing Protector

Adult Clothing Protector










Portacath Pillow

Portacath Pillow

Portacath Pillow – helps cancer patients when traveling in a vehicle. 

You know how irritating it can be when the seatbelt rubs against your neck and chest?  Imagine what it is like with a surgically inserted port in the chest for the infusion of medicine for cancer patients?  This little pillow attaches to the seat belt of the car to protect that area.    It is a simple sewing task with great results.  It can be moved to the driver’s side or passenger’s side with little effort.


For the construction of the pillow, use any quality cotton, flannel, or Minky.  Often a pretty patterned cotton is used on one side and Minky on the other side that will lay against the person’s chest. Click here for complete instructions on how to make this quick project.  BBQ-Portacath-Pillow-Instructions>


Here are four more sewing projects that our members generously provide for donations:

Please see information below with instructions for each of them.

*  Cases for Smiles – Pillowcases for Children (formerly ConKerr Cancer pillowcases)

*  Pretty Pockets – Help for Mastectomy Patients

*  Chemo Caps – for patients at Mountain States Tumor Institute

*  Ends for Friends Pet Beds


Cases for Smiles

Cases for Smiles (ConKerr Cancer) is an organization developed to brighten the life of a child while at one of our local hospitals, St. Luke’s or St. Al’s. Guild members make and wash pillowcases made from kid friendly fabrics. To learn more about the organization, visit their website

Click ConKerr Cancer Pillowcase Pattern to download the pattern to make a pillowcase and bring to the next guild meeting.


Pretty Pockets

Pretty Pockets for Mastectomy Patients

Pretty Pockets were designed for mastectomy patients to hold the drain tubes so the tubes won’t pull on their incisions. They are made from flannel. To learn more about this organization, visit their website

Click Pretty Pockets Pattern to download the pattern.



Chemo Caps

Chemo Caps are made using fleece or an all-cotton knit and are delivered to Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI). All sizes of caps, from toddler to adult are available in the pattern. 

Click Chemo Caps Pattern to download the pattern.  

We invite you to Google “chemo cap sewing pattern” where you will see many free patterns and styles of scarves and hats made with cotton fabric. McCalls 6521 and Kwik Sew K3481 are patterns specifically for cancer patient needs.  Knit and crochet hats are also welcome, especially adult size. has 623 free patterns for chemo caps made of yarn.

Ends for Friends is a great way to put your fabric and batting scraps to good use! Our community animal shelters need pads and beds for our furry friends.

They can use quilted pads that are approximately 18″x18″, with multiple layers of batting so they’re more comfortable than lying directly on the bottom of their cages. Pet beds should be at least 15″x15″ bags or larger, filled about 3/4 full with thread-ends, fabric, and batting trimmings (cut into smaller pieces). Please bring your completed “Ends for Friends” projects to the next general meeting but please do not drop off your scraps without filling a “bed” with them!   Pet Beds